White Plastic Has Got To Go - 2016 Toyota Prius Long-Term Road Test

2016 Toyota Prius: White Plastic Has Got To Go

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on April 8, 2016

2016 Toyota Prius

Whatever you think about the exterior styling on the new 2016 Toyota Prius (I'm not a fan, but I don't hate it either), there's a piece of interior trim that I just cannot abide. Center stage, bright and bold, I'm referring to the white plastic on the center console and the lower half of the steering wheel.

If you don't like an exterior feature on your car, there's a chance you can overlook it. Maybe you really enjoy the way a car drives but the styling doesn't light your fire. It's an entirely plausible scenario, especially if something like fuel economy is your top priority. But honestly, how often do you look at the taillights of your own car? And for how long? Maybe in passing or as you load stuff in the trunk, but not for extended periods of time. If you don't like the taillights, can they really be deal-breakers?

Living with an interior issue, however, is a much bigger ask. This toy-like center console is staring me in the face and every time I drive our new Prius, I think, "I'd have to paint those white pieces, or wrap them, or something."

There is a "Lower Console/Shifter Applique" package available as a dealer-installed accessory for $199, which puts a black cover over most of the space, but the walls of the cupholders and all the white plastic on the steering wheel is still exposed.

It's not a permanent fix, but it's a start.

Travis Langness, Automotive Editor @ 445 miles

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